Union Staff Report
HUMBOLDT – Today and Saturday will be mostly sunny, with patchy fog in the mornings and evenings, according to the National Weather Service.
There’s a slight change of showers on Saturday night and Super Bowl Sunday. The odds of it raining are about 20 percent, so don’t bank on it. Sunday will be partly sunny, with lots of clouds. But after Sunday it’s all sunshine and lollipops.
The extended forecast calls for sunny days through next Thursday, with partly cloudy nights. There’s little relief in sight for the drought, at least in the near future.
The NWS at Woodley Island in Eureka measured .06 of an inch of rain on Thursday, Jan. 30, bringing the total for the season (which began July 1) to 6.47 inches. Normal for Jan. 30 is 23.36. Last year at this time total rainfall was right on track at 23.40.
The Mad River Union’s gauge in Manila measured .08 of an inch on Thursday, .02 more than the NWS gauge at Woodley Island. On Wednesday, the difference in readings was the exact opposite, with the NWS measuring .02 of an inch more than the Union pluviometer.
The difference could be the result of microclimates, although technology may play a role. The Union uses an Oregon Scientific rain gauge, Model RGR126. The gauge is being used right out of the box, without any calibration or effort to test its accuracy. But the limited readings since the beginning of the year have been more or less in line with measurements taken by the NWS at nearby Woodley Island, with only minor variations.
The sun sets tonight at 5:31 p.m. Sunrise on Saturday is at 7:27 a.m.